A Prison Journal

Tammica Summers

in Interrupted Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520252493
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944565 | DOI:
A Prison Journal

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This chapter presents the author's journal dated January 2007, which she kept while incarcerated. In the journal, she talks about her feeding experience inside the prison. As she walked into the chow hall, she saw the sergeant on seating and feeding patrol in his usual arrogant, pompous self, frantically screaming out various commands such as “There should be no talking in the chow line!” The author thinks being forced to eat within five to seven minutes with no talking is barbaric. The sergeant had been so engrossed in barking commands that he failed to pay attention to how many women prisoners were coming into the chow hall versus coming out of the chow hall. He rudely and abruptly told inmates who are still eating that they are “done.” The author talks about how she would exit the chow hall, and the only taste in her mouth would be disgust.

Keywords: journal; prison; women prisoners; sergeant; feeding; chow hall

Chapter.  690 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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